Jan. 13, 2006
Akron, Ohio - With help from seniors Jaclyn Lugaila and Scott Mayle, both Bobcat teams opened the 2006 indoor season with third-place finishes in the Akron Quad Friday Night at Akron Field House.
Having set school records in the weight throw (indoors) and the hammer throw (outdoors) last year, Lugaila (Waterford, Pa.) came out firing. She topped her 2005 season-best shot put mark (12.26m) at 13.44m to take third and followed that up by beating her previous record weight throw of 14.96m by .02m (49-01.75) to place fifth.
"She had a phenomenal meet," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "Those were some heavy points from Jaclyn. I'm very proud of her performance."
Ohio notched 78 points on the women's side, edging out Seton Hall for third-place in the four-team event. Host-school Akron ran away with the team title, while Pittsburgh took second.
In the distance events, the cross country runners continued to make their mark after having placed fourth in the 2005 MAC Championships. Freshmen Rachel Beakas (Waterville) beat Ohio's 2005 season-best mark in the mile run by eight seconds at 5:18.95 to finish fifth with freshman Julia Weisenborn (Bowling Green) taking sixth. Sophomore Carime Reinhart (Bascom) beat her personal best time in the 3000m by a second at 10:13.26 to take fourth, while junior Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) thrashed her own personal best time set in 2004 by seven seconds at 10:26.11 to finish fifth.
Freshman Brittany Vinson (Amelia) made a strong debut, beating Ohio's 2005 season-best mark in the long jump by .04m at 5.29m to finish fourth. She then won the triple jump event against one competitor.
Senior Tamara Fennell (Cincinnati) and freshman Chanelle Harmon (Cincinnati) finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 60m. Senior Aileen Taylor (Twinsburg) edged her 2005 season-best time in the 400m by more than a second at 1:00.68 to finish 10th. Freshman Melissa Wiley (Columbus) made her debut in the 60m hurdles, finishing sixth at 9.13.
"We are a young team on the women's side," Calkins said. "We have some growing to do, but with that said, we are going to improve each meet and see how it goes from there."
On the men's side, the Bobcats ended the meet with 92 points, taking third ahead of Seton Hall. Akron won the division with 157 points, followed closely by Pittsburgh at 146.
Mayle (Philippi, W.Va.) flew out of the gates in his first indoor meet since 2004, winning the 60m event at 6.87 and then placing sixth in the 200m. Senior Chip Cox (Columbus) placed sixth in the 60m. Sophomore John Willis (Troy) and junior Dan Bailey (Uniontown) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 400m. Junior Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) took third in the 3000m with freshman Shamus Eaton (Uniontown) taking seventh.
In the field events, Anthony Lyons (St. Paris) made a strong debut, finishing fifth in the shot put and sixth in the weight throw. Sophomore Tyler Edwards (Lancaster) took second in the long jump. Freshman Jordan Sharpe (Tipp City) and senior Jeremy Keesee (Marysville) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the high jump.
Though there were some fine performances by several individuals, the men's squad knows it can do better.
"It was the first week back," Calkins said. "I don't think everyone had the meet they wanted. There's some work to be done on the track and on the field with some of the athletes. However, motivation is high and they are looking to improve."
Next on slate for the Bobcats is the Marietta Open on Saturday, January 21 at Marietta College.